Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New year endings, and beginnings


Now that it's coming close to a new year full of great beginnings, sad endings, and fearful dreams, I thought it would be nice to re-post my favorite human Judy May's post. It says what I am feeling spot on, and her stories, and "tail's" are an inspiration worth re-reading. So without further waiting, here it is, Miss judy May Murphy:


RISE AND SHINE by Judy May Murphy from http://www.OneYearDream.com

The greatest of humans are those who have risen to meet the greatest of challenges.
Are you feeling a little less than great right now, that your own life is a little flabby around the edges? Do you know that there is more to you than you have been showing up with? Perhaps this is because you've been reacting to what others throw at you instead of setting your own goals and targets?
What is phenomenal about having a DREAM and taking MASSIVE ACTION to achieve that dream is that you not only end up in a place that serves you better, you are also a better person as you arrive there, shaped as you have been by the road. So often we play small, denying ourselves the thrill of becoming more simply because the old way of life has tired us with its monotony and conformity. You can change this in the blink of an eye.
Creating a worthy challenge and then answering its call is the greatest pleasure afforded us in this lifetime. Here are some empowering guantlets, thrown to you by inspring leaders.
'You must be the change you wish to see in the world.' Gandhi
'Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.' Princess Diana.
'Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.' Bill Gates.
'Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.' Jodie Foster
'If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.' Maya Angelou
'Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.' Dale Carnegie
'Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person.' Marilyn vos Savant
'Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.' Winston Churchill.
'The winners in life treat their body as if it were a magnificent spacecraft that gives them the finest transportation and endurance for their lives.' Denis Waitley
'I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.' Tony Robbins

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make this year the best so far, starting today. The year in which you are healthier, sexier, even more amazing looking, earn so much money that you fall over in surprise, get more good lovin' than you ever thought possible, do things that make your heroes proud of you, grow so much you can feel your spirit moving inside you, become skilled in more areas than you have in the last decade, skip straight to the top rungs of your career ladder, laugh so much every day that people want to bottle you and share you with the world, live the dream instead of inching towards it, shine, build, dance, and sing, and sing, and sing. This is your year to live, finally to really live.
This is your birthright. Claim it!
Judy May Murphy

In order to provide a fun, specific and proven way for you to rock out and live your ultimate dream life, Judy May Murphy and Ben Lowrey have created an adventure site called http://www.OneYearDream.com Please feel free to visit and watch the free 'make-it-happen' videos.
Please share this article with as many people as you feel will greatly benefit; e-mail it, put it in your blog, post it on your site, put it in print. We just ask that you reproduce it in its entirety, with all names and links included. Please also include this bit. Thank you.

Monday, December 29, 2008

A dog gone flat




The last few days have been hit with a bit of self inflicted bad luck for Amber. She ran into a curb, flat sober, and got a flat tire. It was on a weekend, so it took a couple of days to get it handled. The flu she has had didn't help the matter much. She was up and about today and is feeling better, and is turning the luck card around. She vows to have more zen when driving and will hopefully not do that again. It was a battle of Christmas nerves left unleashed that caused the quick swerve, and once the tire blew, my human knew that there was no one to blame but herself.

The most beautiful girl in the world, Miss Allie Ruhlman is coming to town tomorrow. We will have many fun stories to tell, and I'm on my best doggie behavior, because I want her to cuddle with me non-stop. I even washed between the ears, and brainwashing is the hardest when we get used to certain bad habits, like barking up tree's, and peeing in the wrong spot. I want to jump up on her the second she steps in the door, and I for one...am wagging with excitement.

Amber is going to settle down for a nice warm movie tonight at the theatre. Some popcorn and an old friend fix us up when we are feeling as flat as a tire. So much to look forward to this year, and one flat wont get us down.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas barking

Christmas day! Today we are going on our rounds of dinner after dinner. I am already full just thinking about it. Amber is going to her Aunts house, where alot of her bio family wil be, and then off to see Margo, Jeff and friends. I have to put on my favorite dog sweater and get going. We slept way too late.

wuff

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

tinsel and toys

There is a bustle of Christmas shoppers everywhere. Lines are long, sales are tempting, and even dog's like me get excited over the holiday spirit. It's also a time when gloom can overwhelm people if they aren't cautious that their feelings can be wrong, that they are loved, and alot of friends are just out of town on a thursday, that's all it really is. We forget the real meaning of Christmas so easily with all the distractions of bows, gifts, toys, and silver linings. It's a wonderful holiday if we just remember what it really is. Red, Green and tinsel are the colors that surround a theme, and when we remember that miracles happen, as they did for Mary, Joseph, and Jesus years and years ago, we can be at peace just a bit more.
I tore apart wrapping paper while Amber wrapped up a few little presents for Allie, and we watched t.v, and Brian did our laundry, and massaged Amber's hands like she loves, and Amber cooked him a dinner. Brian is in her life, he is out, he is in, he is out. It's like pulling a daisy apart waiting to find out what the answer is with them. They are wonderful friends sometimes, and others they bring out the worst in each other. They do love each other and are in each others life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Time will tell.
It was a nice day yesterday, and Amber realized she was doing those things she loved from her list of to-do's. She also guided me as I wrote a bit of my new book last night. The outline is in place and now I just have to fill in the blanks, and put all I know about her dating secrets on the page. I have never written a book, but I wont be the first dog to do so. There are wonderful stories out there written by other dogs, and I am just one of the many who have something to say about my two legged friends.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas museum


Amber had a wonderful time the other day with Greg at the Getty museum. She loves looking at all the art there, but has been there so many times she wishes there were new paintings in the millions.

All Christmas plans have changed last moment, and updates will be posted. Dogs are allowed to change our minds, we can be very fickle sometimes.

xoxo
Wuff

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Truth and Chocolate



Amber woke up in Chocolate today, and even though dogs aren't supposed to have chocolate, I begged her for some anyway. Of course she said no. Such a human decision on that one. I see nothing wrong with just one bite. She and Katia B. stayed up really late watching movies, catching up, and eating chocolates. It was quite messy for them but oh so yummy they said. It's so nice having girlfriends that you have known for awhile. The ones that have stuck by your side through breakups, struggles, laughter, and tears. They are the best healing power a dog, or girl could have. Friends remind us of the bigger picture, and remind us of who we are, and the TRUTH about a situation our own mind has made different. My truth was turned into something else lately, and I knew my truth, and I acted as though I had forgotten my own worth, because some people had not seen the truth for what it is. Their truth is not my own, and friends who know you best, and closest, will remind you of your beauty, and significance through their memories of life together.

This morning Amber went up to meet Katey on Mullholand, and the drive through the mountain is so beautiful. Amber thinks it is one of her favorite places in Los Angeles, because it seems so full of life up the hill. Katey is so wonderful to talk to, and Amber is happy she is in her life.



She is having a break from her SONS OF ANARCHY show, and both her and Kurt are happy for the break. It was like old times seeing them again, and having had a long time away from them Amber suddenly forgot why she had stayed away so long. Everyone hugged, and talked, and shared, and by the end of the morning, everyone was ready to live a full spiritual day. So Amber put her own spiritual postulate out there: To remember she is a child of God, and to treat herself as such. It makes perfect sense. My own whiskers twitched like a kittens when she said it out loud. A child of God. That's right. That's it. That's good. That's God.

The Farmers market was full today, and we shopped for healthy food, and even treated ourselves to fresh cut flowers for the table. It was a bustle of different smells, colors, music, people, and all sorts of jewelry, pots, clothes, and things you don't really need, but buy anyway. So once home again, the hot coffee was brewing, and Amber is getting ready for a wonderful day with another wonderful person she can't wait to see. I will share all the secrets of their day soon.

Until then: stay in truth. Others opinions of who you are don't matter, as long as you know your own truth, God's truth, your own standards, ethics, and life path. Your truth is between you and God, and sometimes it takes spending time with the friends who recognize that, in order to remember it yourself.

Wuff.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A leash




Yesterday was the last day of work for my human Amber, and we were both glad that the break was here. Amber's gorgeous friend Ben came over and cooked us dinner, and we went upstairs to Angies for dessert and then to game night with Margo and Jeff for alot more chocolate, snacks, and ice cream. It was a full day in every way. My favorite part of the day is the walk Amber took me and Jillian on. Walking on a leash is my new favorite prozac, and I can't wait to go again today. Her friend Katia suggested we walk every day, and I could lick Katia G. all over for making that part of our routine. We are feeling healthier, and happier each new day. Amber gained quite few pounds in her last relationship, as Brian lost a few pounds. Lucky guy. Women seem to pad around the middle when they are unhappy, and men get to lose. It's so unfair, but now Amber is working it off again in a healthy way.

Amber is going vintage shopping today with Angie, and loves the old clothing she finds in stores. She is dressing me and Jillian in our finest sweaters today to keep the chill off. Our new routines, and getting out of the house to actually live is something that makes us feel a brisk new meaning to life.

Our leash goes both ways. Amber is in charge of us as we walk, but we are the ones guided towards happiness. Amber is doing the same thing by turning her own life walk over, and letting God and her sponsors direct her walk.

Amber has to focus on the things she loves and A few of Amber's favorite things are:
Seeing Allie smile, first bite of Mortons tuna tartare, her moccossin high heels, mascara, art at the getty center, the smell of a saddle, coffee on a rainy morning, The hollywood sign, getting her nails done, Thai massages, hand massages (Brian was great at that) a full fridge of food, drumming circles, gardens of flowers, sushi, good will, paint and an empty canvas, Victoria Secret lingerie, stamps and envelopes, acting class, pillows, the ocean, a new c.d. turned up loud (thanks ben for making her a mixed c.d. yesterday) photographs...and oh the list goes on....

wuff..xoxo




I fell asleep curled up with my human, and snoozed all night.

Friday, December 19, 2008

God Switch



This morning the house was more empty as normal because our dog Sascha is gone, and Annmarie is away for Christmas. We miss them, but know they are having a fun holiday. Amber is feeling better and better as each day happens. She feels like she turned her GOD SWITCH on, and as her best friend, it makes my tail wag. She is walking us on leashes, which she avoided before,and spending more and more time staying out of negative feelings, and more into her spirit. Problems are like fleas, but if you treat them daily, and do what is needed, before you know it they are gone. Life is always better without fleas, but when they show up, knowing what to do, is by far a better way to live.
Amber went out with Katia G, Jaime, and Antonia, last night. It is healthy for her to be around these wonderfully gorgeous and loving women. I love them, and am glad they are in our life. The maid has come today, and everything is sparkly, clean, and fresh, but the best news of the day is Allies grade on her finals: (90) What a smart human family I have.

Marcus is coming to see us for the holiday, and we are looking forward to him being in California again. He has to fly back again to work on Wednesday, but is flying back for Christmas. Amber was shocked that he would buy two round trip tickets to be with her again, because her self esteem has been a bit low in the last few months. It feels nice to have someone investing in her being happy, and without any expectations Amber is happy to have the company. He hasn't been to our house in about 9 months, and it will be comforting to have someone we know so well keep us company over the holiday, since Amber is now single and was worried she would be alone for Christmas.Plans are still being made, but we may all go to Amber's grandmothers home to sing carols, and eat alot of food. Or they may just join the MOGG family for dinner. They used to date months ago, and romance is always there no matter if they are in a relationship or not. Amer is going to stay "uncommitted" for awhile since her last break up. But she likes getting pampered by him, he cooks, he does her hair, he makes her do situps...okay, maybe we could do without the situps, but life is love, and having love in all forms is a wonderful thing. This morning an old friend of Amber's was listening to the sound of Music on their way to a hike. It's a brilliant idea that 'when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when you're feeling sad you simply remember your favorite things and then you don't feel so bad...' Amber is glad she is doing some of her favorite things, and is making a list to share with y'all when she finishes it.

By keeping our God switch turned on, and letting our own negative feelings stay out of the way, we are open to new endevours, experiences, and things we never thought possible. By thinking of our favorite things, people, and friends, we are letting God direct our biography and sometimes, it goes the way we would like it to go.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Opinion

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Steak and Peanut butter

The life I am living is blessed, and I am a very lucky dog. I have been through so many changes with Amber, and just when she feels she can't take another change, we always trudge through to the other side of upsets, and have alot of celebration over lessons we learned. Sometimes we have to sit through the uncomfortable times to understand why things happen as they do.

We have no power over other people, how they feel about us, or who they are. It's one of the hardest thing in the world, because everyone wants to be well loved, even mutts. Letting go of things that aren't good for us is tough too. Especially when the things/people/places are what we wanted, and it doesn't work out. It's like Apples, I love apples, but the peel makes me throw up. I like peanut butter, but I can't swallow it. I like rotweillers, but they are too dominating and stuck the way they were bred to allow a fixer--upper like myself in too close.

Amber just got an approval from the network at Discovery for Human Dogsled racing. It is exciting for her that the show is completely booked now, but also sad because most of the season work is done. She has one more travel date to Denver in January, and the season is a wrap.Today the office is celebrating at Mortons steak house, and Amber will make it a date for meat, which she eats very little of, and usually saves for me.

The holidays are near, and old and new combined are going to make it a nice Christmas under the mistletoe!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Put the ball back




Sometimes self care can be mixed in with our feelings, and our feelings aren't always right. Amber is an artist, and has feelings about everything. Sometimes it's hard to know what feelings are healthy and which ones aren't. So today she has a plan to not use her feelings for anything other than helping other people, and staying outside of her head. Last night she talked with her niece Jessie, and somehow Jessie knows the right things to say to put the ball back on the throwing course. Family knows your heart sometimes behind all the chaos we sometimes create for ourselves. It's a world where Hallmark, and commercials, and romantic comedy combined can make us feel like our own life isn't large enough, and fulfilling. But if it's on paper- we are truly blessed if we truly look. Truly..xo. So without hesitation, I am not going to bark up the wrong tree's, I am going to leave the squirrels alone, and I am going to look for the positive in my day.

Life is such a blessing that can easily be taken for granted. Amber has a favorite prayer that she is going to read a million times today until she gets it right."God, I offer myself to Thee--to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.

May I do Thy will always!"

The holiday season is near, and the rain will not keep Santa away--

*Amber has prayer for Michelle today too. She wants amazing things to happen for her, and is praying it all works out*

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A human job







Amber's job at the Discovery channel is coming to an end this month, until we get ratings for the new show- and hopefully get picked up so we can come back to work. It has been one of the best experiences of her life, and hopefully just one of many.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Katia Lunch

Amber met with Katia for lunch today, and Katia is really great at putting things into perspective. Amber was amazed at what she had to say, and her experiences only deepened her conviction. It was nice, and I will give her a high paw when I see her again.

Amber is in alot of transition getting ready to set the new year goals in place. Tonight she is meeting with a group of friends, and they are all going over their future plans together. New Year is a great time to reflect on where you are going and where you have been. This year has been the best year ever, with alot of the worse things happening. It's all experience, it's all living. How we choose to deal with the experiences shows our knowledge of serenity and peace. Today Katia was an inspiration for Amber.

WUFF

Rain tears


Amber woke up really really early, and because it was still dark outside, I was not ready to get out of bed. She was up, and checking email, sipping hot coffee, and getting ready for the day. I tried burrowing back under the covers, and watched TLC’s “Bridal Dances” as I waited for the light. Amber has the defect of a racing mind, and it keeps going sometimes even when she is trying to sleep.

The actions of other people have put her in a tailspin, rain tears have fallen, and the actions of an x have made me want to hide with my tail tucked nicely, with perked ears, because I feel “on guard.” She spoke to this someone last night he even told her he was trying to hurt her back, and let her FEEL what he had felt for months. He knows Amber has innate heartbreak associated with abandonment, as a result of her being left behind as a baby, and it goes on from there. He intentionally let Amber hurt, and it makes me feel sad. He finally told her he wanted to teach her what pain felt like as if she didn't know. All Amber wanted was to not act on the anger, and be friends, and mend up any wrongs as a pair of people who truly cared for each other.

Ambers battle of emotional security is a daily struggle, and she has a hard enough go at it without anyone else trying to purposely make her hurt, and feel pain. The ironic part is Amber scrambled, crying, begging, seducing, and any other tool she had to make the pain stop. She was millimeters from wanting to drink, and her body followed her emotional upset by becoming sick itself. Every emotion from all her childhood aches came full surface, just as he wanted them too, and she was down for the count. Amber thought she had kept herself guarded enough in the relationship that he would have no control over her emotions, but in the end he had learned how to hurt back, and the hurricane knocked Amber over when she least expected it.

The entire experience has left my mind cautious, and if anyone wants in her life, I will not be as open to not biting them, and chasing them away. She went on a few dates, and had a nice time, but she is not going to let anyone new come in easily. It is a sad case when someone else wants to destroy happiness, security, and love, and they want to stop her growth. Many prayers are going to be said, and her knees are going to be red from being kneeled on for sincere prayer for Gods protection. This one is going to take strength, and a lot of action to get over, even though she knew it wasn’t right from the beginning, she trusted and loved him, and always wanted him in her life. She never imagined he would set out to try and strike at her, because he was hurt. But he did strike even knowing hour after hour, how much she was hurting over it. She should never assume because “he” is a man, that he will act strong, and lead Amber towards the right path regardless of his own battles. Amber made that assumption because the past relationships over the years were with men that would have Ambers back always, and they knew that they should not add to her struggle, but help her. She has that in Greg, and had that with Damon, and John, but not here now this time.
Amber doesn’t want to date, and for the moment believes that she would rather be alone, than hurt by people she opens up to.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

thinking




Thinking

From Judy May



RISE AND SHINE by Judy May Murphy from http://www.OneYearDream.com

The greatest of humans are those who have risen to meet the greatest of challenges.
Are you feeling a little less than great right now, that your own life is a little flabby around the edges? Do you know that there is more to you than you have been showing up with? Perhaps this is because you've been reacting to what others throw at you instead of setting your own goals and targets?
What is phenomenal about having a DREAM and taking MASSIVE ACTION to achieve that dream is that you not only end up in a place that serves you better, you are also a better person as you arrive there, shaped as you have been by the road. So often we play small, denying ourselves the thrill of becoming more simply because the old way of life has tired us with its monotony and conformity. You can change this in the blink of an eye.
Creating a worthy challenge and then answering its call is the greatest pleasure afforded us in this lifetime. Here are some empowering guantlets, thrown to you by inspring leaders.
'You must be the change you wish to see in the world.' Gandhi
'Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.' Princess Diana.
'Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.' Bill Gates.
'Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.' Jodie Foster
'If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.' Maya Angelou
'Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.' Dale Carnegie
'Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person.' Marilyn vos Savant
'Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.' Winston Churchill.
'The winners in life treat their body as if it were a magnificent spacecraft that gives them the finest transportation and endurance for their lives.' Denis Waitley
'I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.' Tony Robbins

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make this year the best so far, starting today. The year in which you are healthier, sexier, even more amazing looking, earn so much money that you fall over in surprise, get more good lovin' than you ever thought possible, do things that make your heroes proud of you, grow so much you can feel your spirit moving inside you, become skilled in more areas than you have in the last decade, skip straight to the top rungs of your career ladder, laugh so much every day that people want to bottle you and share you with the world, live the dream instead of inching towards it, shine, build, dance, and sing, and sing, and sing. This is your year to live, finally to really live.
This is your birthright. Claim it!
Judy May Murphy

In order to provide a fun, specific and proven way for you to rock out and live your ultimate dream life, Judy May Murphy and Ben Lowrey have created an adventure site called http://www.OneYearDream.com Please feel free to visit and watch the free 'make-it-happen' videos.
Please share this article with as many people as you feel will greatly benefit; e-mail it, put it in your blog, post it on your site, put it in print. We just ask that you reproduce it in its entirety, with all names and links included. Please also include this bit. Thank you.

Rain

It's funny how you don't feel as tired and lazy when you feel peace inside your doggie soul. When Amber is depressed she doesn't want to even poke her head out of bed. Now I can't keep her in bed she is in such a rush to start the wonderful day!
This morning we were up early, and ready to hit the beach, but the rain was pouring and the sand is so wet we could build castles that would quickly wash away. When Amber was in Mexico years ago, she was driving her jeep through the rain when lightening struck right in front of her. She was wearing a metal bangled bracelet that burned a hole right in her skin. She has always been weary of lightening and rain since then.

Sometimes I feel that she has experienced it all, and there is always something she has done, that ends up as extreme. Maybe she was a cat in her past life, and has a few lives left in her. Not sure. But one thing is certain, and that's her journey. She is trudging through the heartaches, the happiness, the dancing, singing, loving, hating, and every emotion that one human could endure. She has learned that happiness is something to work at, and it takes action. And rain, or no rain, she is up, and loving her opportunities.

Another thing the rain reminds her of is a song her mom used to sing to her often, using hand gestures and funny expressions:


Itsy bitsy spider Crawled up the water spout Down came the rain And washed the spider out Out came the sun And dried up all the rain And itsy bitsy spider Crawled up the spout again.




It's a great lesson for living.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Animal magnetism

Amber has kept us quite busy over the last few days, and we are moving faster than if I was chasing my tail. We have been out and about and all sorts of new exciting things have all of my senses going. I love the cool fresh Los Angeles air in my ears, and being out of the house is amazing, scary, and new. Over the last few months Amber has had more anxiety around people than a chihuahua, but it's finally fading into excitement now she is facing fears head on, and being around people who are on her team. It's important to choose your friends instead of letting them just choose you.



Animal magnetism isn't just for doggies. All humans have experienced it at one time or another in life. When emotion is intertwined in that, humans call it puppy love. I'm not sure what I call it, but it's out there, and it's something to be cautious of if used incorrectly.

Amber was just given a wonderful new little book by someone she went out with today, called CITY DOG.

There are so many great places to take dogs all over Los Angeles. From wags to whispers, it has all the essentials any good dog should know. Now, I just have to watch out for those doody dude dogs that want to take my bone for their own. It's a happy trail we are going down together in life right now, and even the things that hurt (like Amber's tattoo she got today) are worth it if we stay in the moment, and let life take it's guided course. Tomorrow morning we are getting up early and going to the beach to play red-rover and frisbee after meeting girlfriends for coffee in the morning. It seems like life is just beginning, and if humans could wag, I would call Amber a full bred tailwagger with alot of magnetism towards the opposite sex, new books, new adventures, and new friends. I have been hiding in my kennel too long waiting for her moody blues to go away, and it's time for us to go out and play finally, and we are having a wonderful time.

Sometimes in life we get in habits that are just comfortable, and we forget that magnetic lives are here, and living them is just the beginning of a real adventure. Wuff

John Payne


For over fourteen years John Payne was the lead vocalist for British rock band "Asia".
During that time John wrote and produced seven studio albums that found success across the world. He also played concerts with the band in Europe, United States, South America and Asia. Amber is embarking on a musical adventure with John, and what they are doing together is another of Ambers life long dreams. God is already moving next years hopes forward. We love John, and he loves animals more than any other human I have encountered. January recording will be alot of fun, and a magical experience. I'm already howling at the moon! Amber and him have been dear friends for years!

Ambers radio interview

http://www.rockymountainparanormal.com/chat.htm

True Beauty


Rita Rudner said "I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult." In Hollywood women are trying to look younger, lips plumper, breasts higher, and skin tighter. After nipping and tucking, everyone starts looking the same. There was a famous photograph of a woman in the Great Depression that is the same age as Amber. Her lines and wrinkles tell the story of her hardships at such a young age. Amber loves the photograph and it reminds her of true beauty. Women are extraordinary creatures, and can be quite strong when they need to be. This photograph speaks a thousand words, and is a true work of art.

Amber stayed home from work today because she wasn't feeling very well. It should pass quickly if she shoots the vitamin C, and takes care of herself. She is worried about her roomate, Annmarie, and we are all hoping that Annmarie knows how loved she is in her grieving period from BIlls death. Being sick in body is so much better than being sick in the mind. It takes courage and strength to overcome obstacles, and see things as clearly as a dog could.

True beauty is being a friend, a cuddler, a loving force. It is an inside job. It isn't measured in what someone appears to be, but how they act instead. If Amber had to choose to be a woman of soft inner beauty or outside firecracker, she would choose the inner strength of feminine spirit. Perhaps she can have both in this town where all is available, but no one is beautiful if they are ugly inside. Wuff.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

True Friends don't act like mutts

Sigmund Freud said that "Dog's love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate." Yes, I often bite my enemies, and I even bite the ones I love the most sometimes. As an average dog, I am a nicer "person" than the average dog though. Today Amber had to make a list of all the things she wanted in her life. She said some of them were too scary to write, but she did it anyway, and met up with a girlfriend to talk about them. They laughed over the last years stuff, and shared stories with each other that can make a dogs tail curl. Although I am her best friend, I am glad she is welcoming her true friends into her closer circle, and making room for those who care for her. She avoided alot of them while she was in a temporary relationship that was going nowhere, and she feels thrilled that her anxieties have evaporated. Sometimes mean mutts can be unkind, but sticking with the well trained and disciplined can open all kinds of doors.True friends don't treat each other like they are in a dogfight constantly, and love can be cherished if you are careful of who you give it too. Amber is focusing on the right friends and getting more excited as each day passes, because Allie is coming to California, and having her home is the best treat for both of us. My tail wont stop wagging like buzzing mosquito, I am just so anxious! Wuff.



you and me


I am you
You are me
We are one
Under the sun
And always shall be

Bubble bliss



This morning the chilly air filled our warm home and I knew it was time for a beautiful change. Instead of burying my ears under a pillow, I jumped up and felt excited for a new day. Last night Amber did a bit of self care, and got her nails done at the spa, and came home for a nice bubble bath and some reading. She sometimes forgets to care for herself for no good reason, and lately her nails have been chipping, and her mind has been racing. Spending some time alone with me gave her alot of perspective on self. She needs to care for self first before inviting in new friends, then she can care for them and they will have her full attention. So new painted nails, some shopping, and hot bubbles, were the perfect solution to a full day of work and worry. She is also starting a journal course with a new coach, and is looking forward to what comes of it. It's a funny thing, because as soon as she stopped worrying about not receiving a text back, or what so and so thinks, she got some real clarity. Soon after, her phone wouldn't stop buzzing with texts from all the people she wanted to hear from, but ironically, it didn't matter anymore.What she already had, a home full of pets, a warm bed, wonderful true friends, and alot of faith, was more than enough. Alot of prayer and hope ended the evening, and she is excited about new opportunities.